Ontario Highway 65

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Highway 65
Route information
Maintained by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario
Length: 123.3 km[2] (76.6 mi)
Existed: August 7, 1937[1] – present
Major junctions
West end:  Highway 66 near Matachewan
   Highway 560 in Elk Lake
 Highway 11 near New Liskeard
East end: Ontario–Quebec border near Notre-Dame-du-Nord
Highway system
←  Highway 64   Highway 66  →
Highway 65 (in distance) near Sutton Bay

King's Highway 65, commonly referred to as Highway 65, is a provincially maintained highway in the Canadian province of Ontario. The route begins at Highway 66 and travels 123.3 kilometres (76.6 mi) southeast to the Quebec border. At its midpoint, the route is concurrent with Highway 11.

Highway 65 was assumed in 1937 following the merger of the Department of Northern Development (DND) with the Department of Highways (DHO). It initially connected Matachewan with Highway 11 at New Liskeard, but was extended east to the Quebec border in 1956. The route has remained unchanged since.

Route description[edit]

Highway 65 travels from Highway 66 at a junction east of Matachewan, southeast to New Liskeard then northeast to the Quebec provincial border. The total length of Highway 65 is 123.3 kilometres (76.6 mi). With the exception of the community of Elk Lake, the section of the route between Highway 66 and Highway 11 passes through a remote and sparsely populated wilderness. The route becomes concurrent with Highway 11 and follows that route north for 2.7 kilometres (1.7 mi), bypassing the urban section of New Liskeard in the process.[3] Highway 65 is entirely situated in Timiskaming District. It travels through the communities of Elk Lake, Kenabeek and New Liskeard.

The route's continuation into Quebec does not have a provincial route number, but has developed the name 'Rue Ontario' by the local town of Notre-Dame-du-Nord. Rue Ontario ends at Route 101 in Notre-Dame-du-Nord, 2.6 kilometres (1.6 mi) east of the provincial border.

Like other provincial routes in Ontario, Highway 65 is maintained by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario. In 2010, traffic surveys conducted by the ministry showed that on average, 4,200 vehicles used the highway daily along the section between Highway 11 and Armstrong Street in New Liskeard while 190 vehicles did so each day along the section between Highway 66 and the bridge over Sydney Creek, the highest and lowest counts along the highway, respectively.[2]

History[edit]

Highway 65 was first established on August 7, 1937, when the New Liskeard to Matachewan Road was assumed by the DHO following its merger with the DND on April 1, 1937.[1][4] The route, which initially ended in the east at Highway 11 (the Ferguson Highway), was extended 22.5 kilometres (14.0 mi) east to the Ontario–Quebec border on February 22, 1956.[1] It has remained unchanged since.[3]

Major intersections[edit]

The following table lists the major junctions along Highway 65, as noted by the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario.[2] The entire route is located in Timiskaming District.[3] 

Location km[2] mi Destinations Notes
Unorganized West Timiskaming District 0.0 0.0  Highway 66 – Matachewan
Elk Lake 32.9 20.4  Highway 560 (Gowganda Road) Beginning of unsigned concurrency with Highway 560
33.9 21.1  Highway 560 End of unsigned concurrency with Highway 560
McCool 71.3 44.3  Highway 562
New Liskeard 97.9 60.8  Highway 11 Beginning of concurrency with Highway 11
100.6 62.5  Highway 11 End of concurrency with Highway 11
101.4 63.0 Armstrong Street
Casey Township 118.5 73.6 Casey Mine Road (south) / Development Road (north)
123.3 76.6
Ontario–Quebec border
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Appendix 3 - Schedule of Assumptions and Reversions". Annual Report (Report). Department of Highways. March 31, 1938. pp. 80, 205. 
  2. ^ a b c Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (2010). "Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT) counts". Retrieved June 8, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Ontario Back Road Atlas (Map). Cartography by MapArt. Peter Heiler. 2010. p. 105. §§ J17–18. ISBN 978-1-55198-226-7. 
  4. ^ Shragge, John; Bagnato, Sharon (1984). From Footpaths to Freeways. Ontario Ministry of Transportation and Communications, Historical Committee. p. 71. ISBN 0-7743-9388-2. 

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